19th Hole Nectarines with Lemon Cream

Total Time:
2 hr 10 min
Prep:
25 min
Inactive:
1 hr 30 min
Cook:
15 min

Yield:
6 servings
Level:
Advanced

Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup brandy
  • 6 nectarines, skin left on, halved, pit removed
  • 1 tablespoon sugar, to flambe
  • Lemon cream:
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 vanilla pod or 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon lemon liqueur or 3 teaspoons lemon extract (recommended: Limoncello)
  • 1/4 cup sugar, for lemon cream
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 1 pint blackberries
Directions
  • Pour brandy over nectarines and soak for about 30 minutes.

  • For the lemon cream: Pour the milk and heavy cream into a heavy bottomed saucepot and add vanilla and lemon liqueur. Add half the sugar to the pot and bring to a simmer (just below a boil). In a small bowl whisk together the egg yolks and the rest of the sugar and temper it by adding a small amount of the heated milk mixture to the bowl while whisking constantly (known as a liaison). Now pour the liaison (egg mixture) into the milk pot, stirring constantly. You are only heating it. Do not boil. Do not cook. The idea of a liaison is to incorporate the eggs and avoid making them into scrambled eggs! You want the mixture to begin to thicken so it will coat the back of a spoon. Remove from heat and whisk in lemon zest, and allow to cool, then remove vanilla pod and discard, and refrigerate until chilled.

  • Place nectarines cut side up in a pan and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon sugar. Spoon brandy around nectarines, cover and heat nectarines and brandy briefly. Then remove cover and spoon warmed brandy over nectarines. * Remove from the heat and ignite with a long match to flambe. Alternatively, you can grill the brandy soaked nectarines until they begin to caramelize. Allow nectarines to cool to room temperature.

  • Place 2 nectarines on each serving dish, and top with lemon cream and blackberries.


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